User:Simon Harley

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Simon Harley is a twenty-six year old law student and researcher of the Royal Navy in the Dreadnought Era.

Simon currently lives on the North West coast of England. He is currently working on a book-length study of the 200 British admirals of the Great War, a topic which encompasses everything from fire-control to sail training. His aim is, in conjunction with Tony Lovell, to make this website an indispensable tool for any student of the Royal Navy in the First World War and the years leading up to it.

If you have any questions or material relating to the subjects of this website, please get in touch.


  • Library — A list of my books. I'm always willing to share information or the books themselves on request.
  • Archives — A list of archival (i.e. primary) sources I have and need. If you can help acquire them, or are interested in the contents of some of them, please get in touch.

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Forthcoming Books of Interest to Naval Historians

Doe, Helen; Harding, Richard. ed. (2012). Naval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. ISBN 9781843836957.

The chapters of interest in this edited volume, available on 19 April, 2012, will be "New Kinds of Discipline: The Royal Navy in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century" and "Towards a Hierarchy of Management: The Victorian and Edwardian Navy, 1860-1918." The editor assumes that Dr. Mary Jones will be responsible for one of these.

Grimes, Shawn (2012). Strategy and War Planning in the British Navy, 1887-1918. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. ISBN 9781843836988.

This book, available on 16 February, 2012, will presumably be the published version of Dr. Grimes's doctoral thesis War Planning and Strategic Development in the Royal Navy, 1887-1918. While this will be an extremely timely view of the work of the Naval Intelligence Department at the turn of the Twentieth Century, based on what he has seen of the thesis the editor believes that Dr. Grimes could have done a lot more research with regards to the actual operation of the department, rather than focussing on individuals such as George A. Ballard and Kenneth G. B. Dewar.